Orange is the new blackTitle : Orange Is the New Black

Author : Piper Kerman

ISBN-10 :  0385523394

ISBN-13 : 978-0385523394

Paperback : 327 pages

The Plot :

When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten year old crime she barely resembled the reckless young woman she’d been when shortly after graduating Smith College, she’d committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her vary brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.

Kerman stent thirteen months in prison, eleven of them at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she met a surprising and varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman tells the story of those long months locked up in a place with its own codes of behaviour and arbitrary hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an unprovoked fight, and where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated.

Revealing, moving, and engaging, Orange Is the New Black offers unique perspective on the criminal justice system, the reasons we send so many people to prison, and what happens to them when they are there.

Review :

For the first time ever, I felt the show was better than the actual book it is based on. It is a memoir I agree but for me it just lacked depth because the other characters were really underdeveloped. It was interesting at first but got repetitive and tiring. It seemed like the story had to be stretched to fill in a certain number of pages.

I loved the character of Piper initially but disliked the constant reminder that her blonde hair and blue eyes got her a lot of perks and made it so much easier for her. The show deviates here and I liked that. The writing is light and straightforward but it lacks the makings of a great read. Overall I would recommend the show highly but the book, not so much.

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